Jill Younce spent years baking and cooking for other restaurants, but when the coffee shop located at Southeast Washington Street in downtown Milwaukie became available in June 2012, she jumped at the chance to venture out on her own.

“I love Milwaukie, and it has always been my dream to have my own little Milwaukie business,” she said. “I love the community involvement here.”

She celebrated her first year at the coffee house earlier this summer, and said what she likes best about her job is “being able to make people smile. I love baking, and I want to bake and see other people enjoy it.”

The name of the shop came about because of her tattoos, Younce said, noting that her husband suggested she call it The Painted Lady.

She does all her baking from scratch, specializing in Danish pastries on weekends and fresh scones every day, along with cinnamon rolls, sandwiches and soups.

“It’s bistro-style food,” she said.

Her coffee is from local company Badbeards Microroastery, owned by Justin Kagan, a cellist for the Oregon Symphony, and she now has a liquor license, so can offer beer and wine every day and mimosas on Saturday mornings.

“Without community support I wouldn’t be here. The local business community opened its arms to me,” Younce said.

The Painted Lady Coffee House is at 2045 S.E. Washington St., Milwaukie. Hours of operation are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Call 503-974-9680.

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